The Hangover part II: wash, rinse and repeat
May 30, 2011 3 Comments
Bear with me here: Take a night out, four guys, drugs, lose one of those guys in a blackout, wake up in a daze, find an animal, retrace your steps, pick up another person (young or old), have some antics, reach breaking point, find said lost person, have a happy wedding, oh, and throw Mike Tyson in somewhere, for good measure. That, my friends, is the recipe for a successful, funny movie and the creators of The Hangover knew it, so they did it again.
I’ve heard quite a few people balking at the unoriginality of the sequel, but The Hangover part II isn’t out to win any awards; it’s out to make people laugh. With this one I was willing to put the storyline in the back seat and enjoy the chemistry of Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper as they pieced their night together to find Stu’s (Helms) future brother-in-law, Teddy whom they of course lost on a crazy night out that saw them wake up in a slum hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
Putting the pieces of their blacked out night is what makes these movies fun. Finding out how Stu got his tattoo and what he wound up doing at a strip club only adds to the character depth! Alan’s bonding with the drug mule monkey is quite endearing and you end up feeling for the two in the end. So you see, the movie is much more than a carbon copy; it builds on the bond that “The Wolfpack” have built. Okay all that was stretching it, but reliving the night before is what made the movie hilarious.
The one point I’ll concede to those making the unoriginal comments is that because I basically knew what was coming around the corner storyline-wise, I wasn’t as caught off guard or shocked. For that reason alone this one wasn’t as good as the first, and I have to give The Hangover part II a 4.5/5.